Defence spending increase may not be enough to maintain equipment: Australian Strategic Policy Institute report

Doug Dingwall
By Doug Dingwall
Updated August 12 2020 - 2:31am, first published August 11 2020 - 2:00pm
A defence think tank has raised questions about the cost of sustaining the expanded force revealed in the federal government's strategic update in July. Picture: Department of Defence

The nation's $270 billion, decade-long defence spend may not include enough money to maintain and support Australia's new military equipment, a new report says.


Doug Dingwall

Doug Dingwall

Public Service Editor

Doug Dingwall is The Canberra Times' Public Service Editor. He writes about government and federal politics, and edits The Public Sector Informant. He has an interest in integrity and industrial relations. Previously he worked at The Examiner in Launceston, where he won a Tasmanian Human Rights Award in 2016 for his reporting. Contact him on